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If you plan on buying flowers this year, maybe for your patio or your planter, you might want to buy and start seeds now. I wanted to put some flowers in for the bees this year because I’ve had trouble attracting them to the veggie garden until after I’ve been hand pollinating for about a month. Turns out that flower starts are double or more the price of vegetables! It’s bad enough that all the growers decided they could make a higher profit by not selling six-packs of veggies. By and large only the quart and gallon vegetables were available. The flowers were worse. They were all in fairly large containers and each flower–we are talking ONE plant–was 6 or more dollars! Yikes.

I bought one and the tag said, “Propagation not allowed.” Yeah, whatever. Not only do they want to charge six dollars for one tiny flower, they don’t want you collecting the seeds or breaking off pieces and starting additional plants? ARE YOU CRAZY? For one, most people garden for fifteen minutes each spring (you know who you are. I’ve seen your yard!) and then they move on. For two, if you didn’t charge six dollars for one measly little flower, people would buy three or four or six of the things, plant them all over the yard and not even consider how to propagate the plant!


Rant over. But seriously. If you want flowers and you live up north, now is probably a good time to get some seeds and start a few plants. It could save you a lot of money in the long run and you’d be able to have more than one flower!

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Posted: March 16, 2017


  1. If they don’t want the plants to propagate they should give them birth control pills or prophylactics LOL. I’ve never heard anything so ridiculous in my life and believe me I’ve heard a lot

    Comment by Margaret — March 17, 2017 @ 4:32 pm

  2. Just makes you want to split that thing up and spread it all over the yard…just to be contrary!!!

    Comment by Maria — March 17, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

  3. Yup that would be me

    Comment by Margaret — March 17, 2017 @ 6:47 pm

  4. I still haven’t planted my poppy seeds. I did, however, go to the annual orchid show today. What fun. And I brought home five plants. Two for GD and three for me. Not a single “No propagating” sign on any of them.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — March 17, 2017 @ 7:57 pm

  5. I suspect orchids are hard to propagate…I can’t even get the one I’ve had for 5 years to bloom. It does grow new leaves, but it has never bloomed. I need to get one that is already blooming just to enjoy it.

    I would love an orchid show. I could just wander and love every single plant!

    Comment by Maria — March 17, 2017 @ 8:25 pm

  6. WalMart has very inexpensive orchids already in bloom. But I like the show because they have such unusual blooms.Some of the plants are as big as small trees and then they always have a lovely display of miniatures.

    Comment by Margaret Lake — March 17, 2017 @ 9:45 pm

  7. I’ve seen a few interesting miniatures lately. They are soooo cute. But you know me. It’s too easy for me to get carried away and then have too many plants to take care of! The garden outside is already heating up and needing a lot of attention and I haven’t even done the work in the front yard to prune things back and clean up!

    Comment by Maria — March 18, 2017 @ 6:41 am

  8. Almost anything with a “do not propagate” tag is also genetically modified, since that is practically necessary to get a patent and the rights to restrict propagation. And although no one is likely to come after a home grower (how would they prove it, unless they are also always grafted?), they have prosecuted farmers when their crops end up contaminated by GMO patented seeds and they were not paying crop fees each year. Hard to claim it can’t happen, when they’ve found the stuff in the wild in multiple continents, now.

    Comment by Karen — March 18, 2017 @ 8:38 am

  9. Oh, I have read about that, Karen. Thanks for pointing out they could be GMO. I prefer not to support that type of research with my purchases and I’m surprised that particular place might have had them.

    Comment by Maria — March 18, 2017 @ 11:12 am

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